Truitt (my 10 year old) is playing on an indoor soccer team this winter. Truitt’s soccer coach gathered a group of kids from his school and signed them up for a recreational league. Well, they didn’t end up having enough kids for the league so Truitt’s team is playing against the Select teams. Oh my, it’s tough to watch. They are playing against kids who are seasoned little soccer players. They traditionally play 6 on 6, but St. Vincent was getting so crushed that by the end of the game it was 11 on 6 and we never scored a goal. However, the boys kept giving it their all. There is something to be said for toughing it out. My hope is that they will see the pay-off during the Spring outdoor soccer season.
TIP: Photographing any indoor sport is really tough. The flourescent lights never quite cut it. If you have a DSLR I recommend increasing your ISO as high as you can (shot this at ISO 1000) and opening your aperature as wide as you can. I’ll have to double check my settings, but I’m pretty sure this was shot at 1.4. You want the shutter speed to be over 60 for sure- even then you may get some motion blur. I actually like the blur- especially with sports photos. It gives the feeling of action. You’ll notice that their feet and hands are blurred, but I managed to keep True’s face in focus (of course there is always a touch of luck involved).